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Thailand Songkran Festival explained (and where to celebrate it)

The traditional Thai New Year or Songkran is a public holiday in Thailand, that falls on April 13th-15th, based on the Thai lunar calendar. Since Aries is the first astrological sign in the zodiac, Songkran is celebrated when the sun moves into Aries. Nowadays, Thais celebrate both the New Year, according to the Christian Calendar, and the traditional Thai … Read More

Why do people give food to Monks in Thailand? (alms giving)

Alms giving is one of the most common practices among Thai Buddhists. It’s a way to support the monks, who study and practice the Buddha’s teachings, by offering them food. At the same time, we learn to give and to let go. Alms Round From dawn until around 7 o’clock, monks walk bare feet with their … Read More

How to ask for the bathroom in Thai

Here are some useful Thai phrases and questions relating to bathrooms. In Thai, the bathroom is called hong nam. Another common way to say it but in writing (that is often put on toilet signs) is sukha. Occasionally, the word for male and female will be added to the toilet signs, such as hong nam ying meaning female toilet, or hong nam … Read More

How to say “I don’t understand” in Thai, and other survival phrases

ไม่เข้าใจ (mâi kâo jai) Don’t understand in Thai is simply (mâi), which means no. and (kâo jai) which means understand. If you’re unfamiliar with Thai accents, you can simply say (my-cow-jai) (you can even remember it like “my cow is jai” whatever that means) however it is much more likely that Thai people understand what you are … Read More

Thai Students Studying English

Do People Speak English in Thailand?

English is a commonly spoken language in Thailand, especially in major cities and tourist areas. While many Thais may not be fluent in English, they are often able to hold basic conversations. In fact, English is a mandatory subject in Thai schools, so many younger people are able to speak the language at a basic … Read More

Most Spoken Languages in Thailand Chart

What Are the Most Spoken Languages in Thailand?

According to a 2021 survey, the most common languages spoken in Thailand are: Thai (92.7%) English (44.6%) Chinese (8.5%) Burmese (2.4%) Malay (1.9%) Followed by Lao, Vietnamese, and Cambodian. It’s no surprise that Thailand is home to a diversity of languages, as it shares borders with many other countries and is a major economic hub … Read More